The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers returned to Camelback Ranch on Thursday to play the second game of a back-to-back to open Cactus League play.
Whereas the White Sox got off to a quick start Wednesday, the Dodgers turned the table against John Danks behind a Joc Pederson single to open the game, followed by a Darwin Barney hustle-double. Making his first at-bat of the spring, Yasiel Puig hit into an RBI ground out to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.
Clayton Kershaw’s spring debut couldn’t have gotten off to much better of a start as he began the inning by striking out Micah Johnson on three pitches, needed three more to induce a ground out off the bat of Emilio Bonifacio and froze Jose Abreu with a curve ball for called strike three.
Danks settled down in the second inning, while Kershaw’s second and final inning of work was also a breeze as he retired the side in order capped off by his third strikeout of the game. Kershaw’s line for the day — 20 pitches, three strikeouts and no hits in two innings. He then threw in the bullpen prior to retiring to clubhouse.
Jake Petricka took over for the White Sox in the third and struck out Matt Carson for the first out. He then got Pederson to ground out to first base — making it the first time the highly touted outfielder recorded an out in four at-bats this spring.
After walking Barney with two down, Petricka retired Puig to end the top of the third. Brandon League was the first reliever out of the Dodgers’ bullpen and he followed in Kershaw’s footsteps by picking up one strikeout and throwing a perfect inning.
Former Dodger Javy Guerra pitched the fourth inning for the White Sox and quickly got through the four-five-six batters in order. Chris Hatcher allowed a two-out single to Abrue, which was followed by Melky Cabrera reaching on a Barney error.
Alexei Ramirez then legged out a high chopper hit to Hatcher’s right that load the bases with two outs. All three runners were stranded as the right-hander’s strenuous inning came to a close on a Connor Gillaspie grounder to first base, where Scott Van Slyke made a nice stop and the Dodgers carried a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning.
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